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St Mary's Church, Stockleigh Pomeroy

St. Mary the Virgin, Stockleigh Pomeroy

© Richard J. Brine


Stockleigh Pomeroy is a parish and village 4 miles north east from Crediton Station, on the main line of the Southern Railway, 8 miles south-south-west from Tiverton and 8 miles north-north-west from Exeter, in the South Molton division of the county, the West Budleigh Hundred, petty sessional division and rural district of Crediton, County Court District of Tiverton, rural deanery of Cadbury and archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter.


The church of St. Mary the Virgin, consecrated 23 July 1261, is a building of stone, chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles and containing 3 bells, two of which were recast and re-hung in 1898 to commemorate the 60 years' reign of Queen Victoria, and bear an inscription to that effect; the treble bell has the word "Maria" only, in Lombardic* characters and the tenor bell the inscription "Voce mea viva depello cuncta nociva."** The earlier portions of the fabric were originally Early English but a Norman doorway with enriched mouldings is also extant; the north aisle and arcade, added in 1453, are perpendicular; there is a Jacobean pulpit and the remains of a Perpendicular screen, now at the west end. The church was thoroughly renovated in 1863 under the direction of Mr. W. White, architect of London, and seated throughout with oaken benches, nearly one half of which are ancient. There is a marble tablet erected in memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918. The church affords 120 sittings. The register dates from the year 1556. The living is a rectory held in plurality with Shobrooke, net yearly income £200, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held since 1936 by the Rev. Cyril Cuthbert Kelway of Wells Theological College who resides at Shobrooke. The charities amount to £4 10s yearly.


The farmers are the principal landowners. The soil is clay and red marl; subsoil, marl interspersed with veins of rock and beds of skillet. The chief crops are wheat and roots. The area is 1277 acres; the population in 1931 was 118.


POST OFFICE: Letters through Crediton. Nearest Money Order and telegraph Office is at Cheriton Fitzpaine.


* A fourteenth century character set usually describe today as "Gothic"

**"With my living voice I drive away all hurtful things"




Boyde, Errol, Stockleigh House

Balson, Arthur Thomas, farmer, Strangaton

Chamberlain, Mrs. Charlotte, shopkeeper & post office

Clatworthy, Charles Edwin, farmer, Higher North Combe

Ford, James, farmer, Low Westwood

Friend, John E, farmer, Town Living

Isaac, Reginald Thomas, farmer, Wallen Barton

Norrish, Arthur Henry, farmer, Lower North Combe

Rumford, Cuthbert, farmer, Pleases

Trott, Mrs. Edith, B&B, board residence, teas, The Mill

Trott, John James, smallholder, The Mill

Tucker, Sidney, farmer, Lake Farm

Vicary, Sidney, farmer, Lake Farm

Westcott, William, wheelwright, undertaker and blacksmith



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